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Darnella Frazier, the Minnesota teen who made the unflinching and momentous recording of George Floyd’s murder, has won a special citation from the committee behind the coveted Pulitzer Prize.
Frazier was cited “for courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality, around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” the organization said Friday.
“Congratulations to #DarnellaFrazier,” the committee said in a Twitter post touting the honor.
Frazier was only 17 when she boldly held her ground on a Minneapolis street corner and recorded Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
“Although this wasn’t the first time, I’ve seen a Black man get killed at the hands of the police, this is the first time I witnessed it happen in front of me,” Frazier recalled in a Facebook post on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death.
“I didn’t know this man from a can of paint, but I knew his life mattered. I knew that he was in pain. I knew that he was another Black man in danger with no power,” she said.